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T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy$
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Maria Dimova-Cookson and William J. Mander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271665.001.0001

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Green's Criticism of the British Moralists

Green's Criticism of the British Moralists

(p.106) 5 Green's Criticism of the British Moralists
T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy
T. H. Irwin
Oxford University Press

Green reaches his ethical position partly by discussion of Aristotle, Hume, and Kant. He takes Hume to be representative of British moralists. He therefore neglects the important contributions of Shaftesbury, Butler, Price, and Reid, and thereby rejects the earlier tendency in Oxford philosophy to recognise Butler as a worthy successor of Aristotle. His criticisms of Butler show that he underestimates the difference between Butler and the Lockean outlook that Green opposes to Aristotle and Kant. Green's underestimate of Butler causes him to overlook the difference between Sidgwick's dualism of practical reason and Butler's view of conscience and self-love.

Keywords:   Butler, conscience, self-love, practical reason, Sidgwick, Shaftesbury, Kant, Oakeley, Pattison, hedonism

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